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Attending Citizenship Ceremony at LA Convention Center- breakfast/lunch recos?

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Will be going with the so to a citizenship ceremony, never been to the area before. Just wondering if anyone here could tell us about any must visit restaurants nearby? Any kind of food recommendations welcome, traditional American, Mexican, etc.

PS. This is for the LA Convention Center (S Figueroa St). Thanks for any help.

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  1. A classic place for breakfast is The Pantry, just north of there, also on Fig, validated parking in the lot south of the restaurant.

    You can get a choice of lunch fare in the Grand Central Market, on Broadway between 4th and 3rd on the west side of the street, parking behind. Lots of stands -- particularly good carnitas tacos at a couple of them.

    Congratulations.

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    Grand Central Market
    317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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    1. re: nosh

      Plenty of options, thanks to all of you for the tips. Also, thanks for the congrats. :)

    2. These are more for lunch: You didn't specify a price range. Most of these are casual and not terribly expensive.

      Just west of the Convention Center (about two miles) on Olympic is Guelaguetza for Oaxacan. The pork tamale con mole negro is fantastic. They have a full bar and good margaritas, so it might be fun for a post-event celebration. It's still casual though.

      Koreatown is also to the west, so if you want Korean BBQ, you would have lots of options. Just do a search of the board. Park's is probably the best quality, but more expensive.

      At Alvarado is Langer's, which is famed for its pastrami. The area is a bit sketchy and parking is bad. But you could walk to the Metro station subway and take the red line.

      I'm not a fan of the higher end restaurants immediately around Staples and the Convention Center, but there are great restaurants east and north. Not within walking distance, but pretty close by car are Lazy Ox Canteen, Pete's Cafe, and Church & State. Do a search for downtown recommendations and you should find some good options.

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      Church & State
      1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

      Lazy Ox Canteen
      241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. If you don't want to find parking, eat, then drive, then park again-- The Convention Center is a block (a long block) from LA Live. Maybe get Breakfast at The Farm. Just note that the city blocks down there are long blocks.

        Nearby (4 blocks) is Hygge Bakery, a Danish bakery. I've been meaning to go forever but haven't made it there, they open at 7am.

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        Hygge Bakery
        1106 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        1. oh, somehow I missed your "must visit." yeah, go to Lazy Ox.

          1. Inside Mercado La Paloma, both Mo-Chica and Chichen Itza come highly recommended. Parking is free and usually available. Check their websites for hours (CI is open at 8am).

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            Mercado La Paloma
            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

            Chichen Itza
            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

            Mo-Chica
            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

            1. Just an update, ended up going to Pete's Cafe around 3pm after the long but great ceremony. Restaurant wasn't too busy- I had a Hellman burger with the blue cheese fries, other half had club sandwich with house salad & balsamic dressing. My burger was very high quality, cooked to medium well as I like it, but I think it was a little too fancy and sophisticated for my tastes. I dunno, I think I just prefer my burgers more basic. Fries were good, very cheesy, glad I shared them because I think the strong flavour would have been too much for me if I had had too many. But I had a couple of bites of the club sandwich and that was pretty amazing, one of the best I've ever had actually. Really nice combination of bacon, avocado, chipotle mayo etc on nice toasty bread. Highly recommended.

              Service was very pleasant and attentive (two different people ended up serving us, I think one took over for the other, but both were great). Afterwards we walked back to our parking spot and noticed the Big Man Bakes store (which we had heard about on tv) where we picked up some really tasty mini cupcakes.

              Ceremony itself went great too, quite emotional. Overall a great day. Thanks again for the input, if we go to the area again we'll check out some of the other recos.

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              1. re: Argent3

                I bought a cake from SusieCakes to celebrate our long-time friend/housekeeper's citizenship. Susiecakes did a wonderful job. The cake was decorated with American Flag Decoration. It said, Congratulations, xxxxx. It was a great way to celebrate her American Citizenship.